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12:45 PM ET, November 12, 2007

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Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Obama goes for the capillaries  —  Barack Obama delivers a rousing speech in Iowa on Saturday night, all but calling out Hillary Clinton, and then gets weak-kneed on Sunday morning.  —  Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson Jackson Dinner on Nov. 10 in Des Moines.
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Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
Hillary Clinton suddenly vulnerable as bruises start to show  —  DES MOINES - Where did Hillary Clinton's mojo go?  —  That's what her campaign has to be asking after a rough two weeks.  And more importantly, they have to be wondering how to recapture that fading aura of an unstoppable juggernaut.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Edwards, Obama: The enemy of my enemy ...  They switched on the lights in the bar at the Hotel Fort Des Moines at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, and a crowd of two dozen buoyant young field organizers for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) spilled out onto the sidewalk, some jostling past Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman …
Des Moines Register:
Yepsen: Obama's superb speech could catapult his bid
Discussion: Washington Wire and MSNBC
Tad Daley / philly.com:
Iran has a right to seek nuclear capability  —  is a writing fellow with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the 1985 Nobel Peace laureate  —  Some call it "the nuclear double standard;" others, "nuclear apartheid;" still others, "America's nuclear hypocrisy."
Discussion: The Newshoggers
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Little Green Footballs:
Anti-Nuke Activist: Iran Has a 'Right' to Nukes  —  Nobel Peace laureate Tad Daley, a writing fellow with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, has a piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer arguing that Iran has a right to seek nuclear weapons.
Discussion: A Blog For All
Fortune:
Al Gore's next act: Planet-saving VC  —  The recovering politician is teaming with a legendary venture capitalist and bigtime moneyman to make over the $6 trillion global energy business.  A Fortune exclusive  —  (Fortune Magazine) — It's lunchtime on Sand Hill Road, and Al Gore wants answers.
New York Times:
A New Channel for Soft Money Starts Flowing  —  The so-called Wounded Warriors Act, legislation intended to improve health care for veterans, has attracted nearly unanimous, bipartisan support in Congress.  So why would the newly formed Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America begin running …
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
TOP SPITZ MAN TOLD AIDE TO LIE: INSIDER  —  Gov. Spitzer's former communications di rector, Darren Dopp, asked another Spitzer aide to lie about the origins of the Dirty Tricks Scandal - including the governor's own allegedly extensive knowledge of the plot to smear the Senate's GOP leader, a well-placed source told The Post yesterday.
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Michelle Obama: Inferiority Complex Prevents Blacks From Supporting Obama  —  Guess I won't be calling Mika Brzezinski a "newsreader" again anytime soon.  She went to Iowa over the weekend and scored an in-depth interview with Michelle Obama that included a highly-controversial suggestion from the candidate's wife.
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Even ascendant, Dems wary of 'liberal' label  —  The Democratic front-runner shied away, saying the "word" — noticeably not using the word — has taken on a connotation that "describes big government.  —  "I prefer the word 'progressive,'" she said.  It has a "real American meaning."
DrewM / Ace of Spades HQ:
Lions for Lambs...Slaughtered  —  Looks like the Saturday night box office estimates are in and while Lions for Lambs basically doubled its take from Friday, $6.7 million in box office is only good for 4th place.  —  A distant 4th place: Bee Movie grossed $26 million, American Gangster $24 million, and Fred Claus $19 million.
Robert Novak / Real Clear Politics:
A Failed Congressional Ploy  —  WASHINGTON — The ploy had been hatched behind closed doors by Democratic leaders of both houses.  A pork-laden appropriations bill filled with $1 billion in earmarks would combine with veto-proof spending for veterans.  Instead, the two measures were decoupled in a Senate party-line vote last Tuesday.
Robert Stacy McCain / Washington Times:
'24' chief scoffs at Hillary  —  SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Hollywood producer Joel Surnow dismissed as "nuts" the notion that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton can be elected president and said he and other conservatives in the entertainment industry are leaning toward supporting Republican Rudolph W. Giuliani's presidential campaign.
James Glanz / New York Times:
Security Guard Fires From Convoy, Killing Iraqi Driver  —  An Iraqi taxi driver was shot and killed on Saturday by a guard with DynCorp International, a private security company hired to protect American diplomats here, when a DynCorp convoy rolled past a knot of traffic on an exit ramp in Baghdad …
David Neiwert / Orcinus:
Ron Paul's record in Congress  — by Dave  —  In the comments thread to my previous post on Ron Paul, the indispensable Trefayne compiled a series of posts on Paul's track record as a congressman, particularly those bills he sponsored or co-sponsored.  —  Here's Trefayne:
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Thompson's scarlet 'L'  —  FORT MILLS, S.C — .  — Campaigning in New Hampshire and South Carolina, Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson raised his voice and shook his fists as he described his vision of an America true to conservative values.  —  The display of vigor last week was timely …
Discussion: Boston Globe and Political Machine
 
 
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Cass Sunstein / The Coffee House:
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William J. Broad / New York Times:
A Spy's Path: Iowa to A-Bomb to Kremlin Honor
Discussion: The Cabal
The Corner:
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CBS News:
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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
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